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Pentagon to end transgender ban for military in July

June 25, 2016
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ABC    

"The Pentagon is set to end the ban on transgender people serving openly in the military in July, according to Defense official. One official says the lifting of the ban could be announced by Defense Secretary Ash Carter as soon as July 1, though final details remain to be worked out, which could delay the announcement. Defense officials confirm that there will be a meeting Monday involving top personnel officers from all of the military services to discuss the transgender ban." (06/24/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/pentagon-end-transgender-ban-military-july/story?id=40117600&cid=abcn_fb  

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Immigration is a fundamental human right

June 25, 2016
posted by

FEE
by Sandy Ikeda  

"A basic tenet of liberalism is that every person, regardless of what country she happens to live in, has the same basic human rights. If it doesn’t apply to everyone, everywhere then it can’t be a basic human right. And among those rights is the right of free association. Free association simply means that Jack is free to peacefully associate with Jill, as long as Jill wishes to peacefully associate with Jack. Indeed, Jack can’t exercise that right unless Jill can also, which is another characteristic of a basic human right. It applies broadly to all forms of association, related but not limited to political activity, religious observance, and commerce." (06/25/16)

https://fee.org/articles/immigration-is-a-fundamental-human-right/  

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STOP Rule 41 — FBI should not get legal power to hack computers worldwide

June 25, 2016
posted by

The Hackers News    

"We have been hearing a lot about Rule 41 after the US Department of Justice has pushed an update to the rule. The change to the Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure grants the FBI much greater powers to hack legally into any computer across the country, and perhaps anywhere in the world, with just a single search warrant authorized by any US judge. However, both civil liberties groups and tech companies have blasted the proposed change, saying it is an affront to the Fourth Amendment and would allow the cops and Feds in America to hack remotely into people's computers and phones around the world." (06/23/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/06/fbi-hack-rule-41.html  

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Democratic Party’s socialist Bernie Sanders is a libertarian?

June 24, 2016
posted by

Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"During this slog toward Election 2016 many people seem to find it even more difficult to understand and apply definitions to seemingly easy to understand words. As an example, The Baltimore Sun recently published an opinion piece in which someone named Nancy Spies referred to Bernie Sanders as a 'libertarian.' 'Sanders suddenly had a change of heart last year and became a born-again Democrat,' she wrote. 'It seems a rather sneaky way to get one's lifelong Libertarian views more exposure but you have to say, Well played, Senator Sanders.'" (06/24/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/democratic-party-s-socialist-bernie-sanders-is-a-libertarian  

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Colombia: President, head of FARC rebels agree on cease-fire

June 23, 2016
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Rochester Post-Bulletin    

"Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the head of the country's leftist FARC rebels agreed Thursday on a cease-fire and rebel disarmament deal that moves the country to the brink of ending a 52-year war that has left more than 220,000 people dead. At a ceremony in Havana, Santos and FARC commander Rodrigo Londono, better known as Timochenko, watched as their lead negotiators signed a deal laying out how 7,000 rebel fighters will demobilize and hand over their weapons after the signing of a final peace accord as early as next month. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a special U.S. envoy and the presidents of Cuba, Chile and Venezuela and other Latin American countries applauded the signing." (06/23/16)

http://www.postbulletin.com/news/world/colombian-president-head-of-farc-rebels-agree-on-cease-fire/article_d364b3c0-bb04-5831-ad16-18c8ce0593e7.html  

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DoD employee pleads guilty to bribery

June 23, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"A former civilian Defense Department officer who oversaw military contracts has pleaded guilty to bribery in connection with a wide-spanning Navy corruption case involving a Malaysian businessman whom prosecutors say bilked the military out of more than $34 million. Paul Simpkins entered his plea Thursday in federal court in San Diego. Prosecutors say he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for helping Singapore-based businessman Leonard Francis. Simpkins could not be reached for comment." (06/23/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/defense-department-employee-pleads-guilty-bribery-40083473  

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Venezuela: Government used inmates to fix referendum results

June 23, 2016
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PanAm Post    

"The Venezuelan government released at least 300 inmates this week in defiance of the governor of Miranda Henrique Capriles Radonski. Capriles allegedly forged the signatures of more than 1,300 people who were put in jail. Minister of Correctional Affairs Iris Varela said the opposition used the information of hundreds of incarcerated people by making them 'sign' the revocation referendum against Nicolas Maduro. 'They dared to use information of over 1,300 inmates ... they couldn't physically or legally sign. Over 300 inmates from Yare, Rodeo and Inof correctionals have claimed to be victims of the fraud,' said the government official." (06/23/16)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2016/06/23/venezuela-government-used-inmates-to-fix-referendum-results/  

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India: ISRO sets record, launches 20 satellites

June 23, 2016
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Las Vegas Herald    

"Setting a new record, India on June 22 successfully launched 20 satellites in a single mission on board Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) rocket PSLV-C34 from the spaceport in the country’s Andhra Pradesh state. The country’s earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 Series and 19 others took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 9.26 am local time. The satellites were placed in the Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) about 30 minutes later." (06/22/16)

http://www.lasvegasherald.com/index.php/sid/245192749  

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Angola: No revenue from state oil company since January

June 23, 2016
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Killeen Daily Herald    

"Angola's president says the state oil company has not been able to pay revenues into the country's budget since January and that low oil prices have caused a lack of foreign currency and made managing affairs 'extremely complicated.' Jose Eduardo dos Santos spoke Wednesday on the sidelines of an economic meeting of his Council of Ministers. His comments were reported by the news website Rede Angola." (06/22/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/world/angola-no-revenue-from-state-oil-company-since-january/article_48446f44-570d-557a-9594-7e067a2bf02d.html  

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Top US diplomat meets with Venezuela’s president amid crisis

June 23, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"A senior U.S. diplomat met with Venezuela's socialist president Wednesday, apparently hoping to prevent a humanitarian disaster and ease a political crisis in this deeply polarized nation. Although he is one of the world's most vociferous critics of the United States, President Nicolas Maduro was all smiles as he posed for photos at the presidential palace with Thomas Shannon, the U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs. Maduro gave a less than conciliatory televised address in which he accused U.S. President Barack Obama of trying to interfere in Venezuela's internal affairs." (06/22/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/top-us-diplomat-expected-meet-venezuela-leader-40040924  

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Zambia: Government shuts largest independent paper

June 22, 2016
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Greenfield Daily Reporter    

"Zambia's government has closed the country's largest privately owned newspaper over unpaid taxes, but the paper's owner says the move is meant to shut him up before elections in August. The Post Newspaper has been a staunch critic of the government since its founding over 25 years ago. The Zambia Revenue Authority is demanding unpaid taxes of about $6 million that the Supreme Court last week ordered the newspaper to pay." (06/22/16)

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/f277980779b848f1b70a16a567319b4c/AF--Zambia-Newspaper-Shut  

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Fed up with the corruption: Mexico on brink of revolution

June 22, 2016
posted by

Anti Media    

"The Mexican government’s deadly crackdown on a teacher’s union protest has rattled the nation in recent days, as 200,000 doctors on Wednesday joined the ongoing national strike against President Enrique Peña Nieto’s neoliberal reforms. Anti-government sentiment is mounting after police forces opened fire on a teacher protest in Oaxaca on Sunday, killing at least eight. Since then, two high level government officials from that state, Oaxaca Minister of Indigenous Affairs Adelfo Regino Montes and Secretary of Labor Daniel Gutierrez, have resigned in protest of the 'authoritarian actions that repress and kill Oaxacan people who defend their rights and the government’s negligence to any possibility of dialogue,' as Gutierrez put it." (06/22/16)

http://theantimedia.org/fed-up-with-the-corruption-mexico-on-brink-of-revolution/  

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US Navy sends two nuclear-powered aircraft carriers into South China Sea as Indonesia opens fire on Chinese fishermen

June 22, 2016
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News.com.au [Australia]    

"The United States has flexed its muscle by parading two of its nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in the troubled South China Sea. Beijing has responded by making its own presence felt. At least one Chinese ship tailed the USS John C. Stennis daily during its recent cruise through the South China Sea, although no incidents were reported. The 100,000-ton Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis was joined in the South China Sea last week by the USS Ronald Reagan, allowing the two to carry out dual flight operations in international waters." (06/21/16)

http://www.news.com.au/world/united-states-navy-sends-two-nuclearpowered-aircraft-carriers-into-south-china-sea-as-indonesia-opens-fire-on-chinese-fishermen/news-story/cf541085da36122f4cf5805c8aced271  

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China develops the world’s most powerful supercomputer without US chips

June 22, 2016
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The Hacker News    

"Sunway TaihuLight, a newly built supercomputer from China, now ranks as the world's most powerful machine. During the International Supercomputer Conference in Germany on Monday, Top500 declared China's 10.65 Million-core Sunway TaihuLight as the world's fastest supercomputer. Moreover, the supercomputer is leading by a wide margin, too. With 93 petaflops of processing power, Sunway TaihuLight is nearly three times more powerful than the world’s previous fastest supercomputer, Tianhe-2, which had been the world's fastest computer for last 3 years with speeds of 33.9 petaflops per second." (06/21/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/06/china-most-powerful-supercomputer.html  

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Japan: TEPCO admits it lied about meltdown after Fukushima

June 22, 2016
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CBC News [Canadian state media]    

"The utility that ran the Fukushima nuclear plant acknowledged Tuesday its delayed disclosure of the meltdowns at three reactors was tantamount to a cover-up and apologized for it. Tokyo Electric Power Co. President Naomi Hirose's apology followed the revelation last week that an investigation had found Hirose's predecessor instructed officials during the 2011 disaster to avoid using the word 'meltdown.' 'I would say it was a cover-up,' Hirose told a news conference. 'It's extremely regrettable.'" (06/21/16)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/japan-fukushima-tepco-1.3645516  

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FBI and ACLU agree: Senate acted appropriately

June 22, 2016
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TimSlagle.com
by Tim Slagle  

"After the Senate voted down four gun bills, the Desktop Demagogues hit social media in numbers unseen since Harambe the Gorilla was killed. Many are hyperbolically suggesting that Senate Republicans are responsible for the murders in Orlando. The other culprit is the NRA who (according to the Bills' supporters) has been funneling money from Gun Corporations, into the pockets of Senators. But here’s a point that everyone is missing: It's not just the Gun Lobby that wanted to see those Bills defeated, the FBI and the ACLU thought they were bad ideas as well." (06/21/16)

http://timslagle.com/blog/fbi-and-aclu-agree-senate-acted-appropriately.html  

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Turkey: Protest after arrest of journalists, academic

June 22, 2016
posted by

Beaumont Enterprise    

"Dozens of Turkish demonstrators gathered in Istanbul on Tuesday to protest the arrests of two journalists and an academic on charges of disseminating 'terrorist propaganda.' A fourth journalist was released after a brief detention. Protesters chanted 'a free press cannot be silenced' and 'arrests, oppression cannot intimidate us.' Others held up a banner that read: 'Thinking cannot be jailed.' The demonstration comes a day after a Turkish court ordered the pre-trial arrest of Reporters Without Borders' Turkey representative Erol Onderoglu, journalist Ahmet Nesin and academic Sebnem Korur Fincanci." (06/21/16)

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/crime/article/Protest-in-Turkey-after-arrest-of-journalists-8315162.php  

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Egypt: Court rejects transfer of islands to Saudis

June 21, 2016
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Altoona Mirror    

"An Egyptian court on Tuesday struck down an agreement to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, delivering a rare rebuke to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government over a decision that sparked the biggest street protests of his two-year rule. The government, which is appealing the ruling, insists the islands always belonged to Saudi Arabia, which has provided billions of dollars in aid to Egypt since el-Sissi led the military's 2013 ouster of the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president." (06/21/16)

http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/1197518/Egyptian-court-rejects-transfer-of-islands-to-Saudis.html?isap=1&nav=760  

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South Korean news agency says North Korea fires new missile

June 21, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"South Korea's Yonhap news agency says North Korea has fired what appears to be a powerful new mid-range missile from its east coast. The report couldn't be immediately confirmed. The agency cited the Joint Chiefs of Staff as saying Wednesday's firing appears to be the latest attempt to launch a Musudan missile, whose potential 3,500-kilometer (2,180 mile) range puts U.S. military bases in Asia and the Pacific within its striking distance." (06/21/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/south-korean-news-agency-north-korea-fires-missile-40029614  

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How juries can refuse to convict people for breaking an unjust law

June 21, 2016
posted by

Libertas Institute
by staff  

"In the legal system, there are many parties involved who have a vested interest in a certain outcome. Really, the only independent party in the courtroom is the jury -- or, if you prefer, each individual juror. The judge obviously is paid by and works for the government; judges often come from the ranks of prosecutors. They have an interest in keeping business rolling by keeping the courtroom full. Prosecutors, of course, are often elected officials whose livelihood depends on getting prosecutions and whose continued employment often depends on appearing to be tough on crime." (06/21/16)

https://libertasutah.org/interview/how-juries-can-refuse-to-convict-people-for-breaking-an-unjust-law/  

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LGBT gun rights group sees membership skyrocket after Orlando shooting

June 21, 2016
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USA Today    

"The Senate has blocked four gun measures, two from each party, in the wake of the Orlando massacre. Here's what each measure would have done. Dylan West says the Pink Pistols gun club in Atlanta has been a stagnant group since he joined a year ago. But that's all changed now. The gun club for LGBT people has roughly doubled in size to 230 members following this month's nightmarish shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub that left 49 dead and 53 injured." (06/21/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/06/20/lgbt-gun-rights-group-sees-membership-skyrocket-after-orlando-shooting/86147114/  

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Should women be drafted?

June 21, 2016
posted by

Mary Ruwart Ruwart.com
by Mary J Ruwart  

"My short answer is that no one should be drafted. After all, our Constitution prohibits involuntary servitude, which is exactly what the draft is. Our young men -- and possibly women -- will be forced -- at gunpoint, if necessary -- to take up arms and kill other people. Except for a few psychopaths, taking up arms with the intention to kill others day after day is difficult, even when our nation is truly threatened. It’s a rare individual who remains unscathed by killing others and being a target, which is why so many return home with post-traumatic stress disorder or serious mental illnesses." (06/19/16)

http://www.ruwart.com/blog/should-women-be-drafted.html  

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Pirate Bay founder ordered to pay $395,000 fine in lawsuit he didn’t even know about

June 21, 2016
posted by

The Hacker News    

"One of the founders of notorious file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has been ordered to pay a fine worth nearly US$400,000 to several major record labels after their content was shared illegally via the platform. The penalty has been imposed on The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde by a court in Helsinki, Finland. Interestingly, Sunde, who already left the notorious file sharing site in 2009, said on Twitter that he lost the court case he did not even know about." (06/17/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/06/torrent-pirate-bay.html  

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All eyes are on these three Supreme Court cases

June 21, 2016
posted by

USA Today USA Today
by Richard Wolf  

"Thirteen cases remain to be decided at the Supreme Court this month, but all eyes are on three of them. With the tumultuous 2015-16 term marked by Justice Antonin Scalia's death winding down, decisions on access to abortion, the use of affirmative action in college admissions, and the fate of millions of undocumented immigrants will determine whether the evenly-divided court tilted liberal or conservative. Other cases still pending before the eight-member court include one that could set a higher bar for public corruption and another that could affect drunk drivers who refuse breath or blood tests." (06/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/19/supreme-court-abortion-immigration-affirmative-action-obama-texas/86090066/  

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Turkey arrests journalists, academic for “terror propaganda”

June 21, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"A Turkish court placed two Turkish journalists -- including a local representative of Reporters Without Borders -- and an academic in pretrial arrest Monday over charges of disseminating 'terrorist propaganda,' according to the press freedom rights group and Turkish media reports. Reporters Without Borders' Erol Onderoglu, along with journalist Ahmet Nesin and academic Sebnem Korur Fincanci, had participated in a solidarity campaign in support of Ozgur Gundem, a pro-Kurdish publication subject to multiple investigations and lawsuits." (06/20/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/turkey-arrests-journalists-academic-terror-propaganda-39991399  

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