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Several injured in racist, anti-peace 'protest' in Kiev - 'No special status for Donbass!'


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Dozens are feared to have been injured during clashes in front of the parliament in Kiev, the Ukrainian National Guard said. Crowds of protesters came to oppose amendments to the constitution that would provide for decentralization of the country.

The protest started on Constitution Square in Kiev in front of the parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.

There are conflicting reports about the number of casualties near the Ukrainian parliament. Initial reports said that at least five officers were killed in the clashes.

The Ukrainian National Guard has claimed that "about 50" people sustained injuries.

Kiev police chief Alexander Tereshchuk has claimed that some 100 law enforcement officers have been wounded in the blast, according to 112 Ukraine TV channel. He added that the person who threw the combat grenade into a crowd of officers has been detained.
Demonstrators, who are against a constitutional amendment on decentralization, clash with police outside the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, August 31, 2015. © Valentyn Ogirenko / Reuters

Comment: The 'protesters' (i.e. terrorists) also include Right Sector and Azov members. Fort Russ is reporting over 100 police injured. Right Sector spokesman Aleksei Bvik called the rada's bill a 'coup': "This is an attempt of usurpation of authority. Each deputy who today vote for the laws proposed by Poroshenko is a traitor to the public and must be held accountable." Hardly. The bill doesn't come close to fulfilling the conditions of the Minsk agreements for constitutional reform. But the NED-funded Svoboda party is right about one thing: any implementation of the Minsk agreements will be an utter betrayal of the U.S./Kiev plan to utterly subjugate or utterly destroy Donbass.


Arrow Down

Young man dies in prison after four month incarceration for stealing $5 worth of snacks

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Jamycheal Mitchell
A Virginia family is looking for justice after their 24-year old son's death in prison. Accused of stealing approximately $5 worth of snacks, Jamycheal Mitchell has seen no trial since April as a judge described him as "incompetent" to stay it due to mental issues.

Mitchell was found dead at Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth, VA, on August 19, local WAVY-TV news channel reported. Now Mitchell's family and their attorney have more questions than answers about what happened to Jamycheal.

"I think it's twofold," attorney Mark Krudys said. "It's the death of her son [Mitchell's mother Sonia Adams], obviously, but it's also the circumstance surrounding his death."

The medical examiner's report has been released yet.

Comment: Allowing a mentally ill patient to essentially starve to death is beyond incompetent, it's truly inhumane. Not only are the police routinely acting like thugs on the streets, reports of deaths occurring while in custody are increasing. Many of those imprisoned are poor, mentally ill and drug-addicted, accused mostly of minor violations, and are usually jailed for longer periods given their inability to pay court-ordered fines. All this benefits the private for-profit prison industrial complex which preys on the most vulnerable in society and it is a damning testament to the state of American society.

40 reasons U.S. jails and prisons are full of black and poor people


Fire

Another massive blast rocks chemical factory in China

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A huge explosion at a chemical facility has reportedly occurred in the Chinese province of Shandong.

The People's Daily newspaper said the explosion occurred in an industrial zone in Lijin, Dongying City.

RT said the blast could be seen and heard from a great distance.

The explosion happened at around 11.25pm local time (3.25pm GMT).

It is not yet known if there are any injuries or fatalities.

Earlier this month, a series of chemical explosions in Tianjin, China killed at least 145 people.

Fire

Fire breaks out in Malad building, Mumbai

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A major fire broke out at a building in Mumbai's Malad area on Monday. Bystanders posted pictures of thick smoke enveloping the apartments on social media.

The fire reportedly broke out at Palm Springs building in Link Road area of Malad, as per social media updates.

Six fire tenders were trying to control the fire, ANI news agency reported.

The fire broke out on the 4th and 5th floors of the commercial building just after noon, a Mumbai-based journalist told IBTimes India.

The Malad building reportedly houses offices and restaurants.

Fire

Deadly fire at Aramco complex in Khobar, Saudi Arabia

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A fire at a residential complex in Saudi Arabia has left 11 people dead and injured at least 200 others, Saudi officials say.

They said multiple nationalities were among the injured - some critically.

The fire broke out at a site used to house workers for the oil giant Saudi Aramco in the eastern city of Khobar. The cause is unknown.

Some people were reportedly trapped on rooftops as helicopters battled to control the blaze.


Stormtrooper

Video: Texas prison guard fires tear gas canister directly at inmate's chest, Gets to keep job

A prison guard who fired a tear gas canister directly at an inmate has been placed on desk duty after local media began investigating the incident. In the video taken on May 19th, Lt. Cody Waller walks up to a group of "largely motionless inmates" and fires the canister, striking an inmate in the chest at close range.
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Humble, TX prison guard fires a tear gas canister directly at an inmate
The searing projectile, slightly larger than a stick of butter, appears to burn a hole in the inmate as it sparks for a few seconds. He suffered burns and other injuries.

Initially, Waller was placed on probation and still served in the same prison unit at Pam Lynchner State Prison. It was only after a whistleblower sent the video to ABC13, prompting public scrutiny, that Waller was placed on desk duty. Incredibly, the Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) says that pulling the trigger was not wrong, although other mistakes were made.

In particular, that tear gas was designed for outdoor use, not for inside a dorm. And chemical agents should not be fired in the middle of an open room, only through a slot in the door.

Lt. Waller displays a shocking level of savagery as he fires the canister at head level into the group of standing inmates at close range. It could have easily struck someone in the face, which would have killed or severely maimed the inmate.

Comment: The guard's actions are not a surprise. Israel has been involved in training many US police departments in 'crowd control' and is know for lethally targeting protesters in the same way. Here a few examples:


Alarm Clock

Texas teen training for Olympics dies of infection by 'brain-eating amoeba'

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Michael J. Riley, 14 (family photo)
A junior athlete from Houston, Texas, has died from a rare brain-eating amoeba infection after swimming in a lake with teammates. He is the fourth person this year killed by the single-cell organism, which thrives in stagnant water during the summer.

Michael Riley Jr, 14, was a star track runner who qualified for the Junior Olympics. On August 13, he and his teammates visited a state park some 70 miles (110 km) north of Houston, and went swimming in a lake after a day of workouts. A week after the trip, Riley registered a slight fever and began complaining about a headache, his family said.

At the Texas Children's Hospital, doctors recognized the symptoms from a case they dealt with in July. Riley was diagnosed with Naegleriasis, also known as primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). The deadly disease is caused by Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba that lives in warm fresh water and is abundant during the hot summer months in the southern US.

Naegleria infections occur when water contaminated with the amoeba enters the body through the nose, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The amoeba then travels up to the brain, where it starts feeding on nerve tissue, causing bleeding and necrosis. Though extremely rare, the disease is almost universally fatal - out of 133 recorded cases in the US since 1962, only three people have survived, the CDC said.

Comment: Amoebic infections are becoming more common and more virulent, resulting in tragic deaths such as Michael Riley's. Research is beginning to show amoebas and other infectious microbes are being implicated in far more than just catastrophic diseases. Many 'auto-immune' diseases show a strong correlation to the presence of amoebic and/or parasitic infection. They are harder to detect as these infectious factors have learned to work together in a synergistic manner to protect themselves via bio-film formation. Find more information here.


Stop

Thousands in Japan protest against expanding army overseas

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One of the largest rallies in recent years was held in Japan on Sunday when thousands of people gathered in front of the national parliament to protest against bills on national security, currently being debated by lawmakers.

The controversial amendments to the Japanese Constitution to enable Japanese troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War II, are expected to be voted on by the upper house of the Japanese bicameral parliament in mid-September.

According to the protest's organizers, as quoted by local media, about 120,000 people participated in the rally, urging legislators to reject the bills.

Some protests held banners calling on the country's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, who has actively lobbied in favor of the controversial legislation, to resign. Others held pacifist posters such as "No War," "No to War, Yes to Peace," and "Stop the Security Bills!"

However, local police estimates put the number of participants in the rally at 30,000. The Japan Times reported that Ken Takada, one of the chief organizers of the rally, compared the police reaction and the protest turnout to the rally held against the revision of a Japan-US security treaty in 1960, when some 300,000 people gathered in front of the parliament, while the police said the number was almost three times lower.

Comment: The leaders of Japan should be listening to the people instead of aligning with the same fascist ideologies that they did in the past.


Fire

At least 4 dead and 6 injured in explosion at fireworks factory, Zaragoza, Spain

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An explosion at a fireworks factory left at least four people dead and six seriously wounded on Monday in Zaragoza.

The explosion occurred at about 2:15pm at a fireworks factory near Pinseque, according to Spanish media.

Local media reported that at least four were dead and six others were seriously injured while at least one other was reported missing. The cause of the explosion is still not known.

Those injured have been transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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Popcorn

Hands off Mephistopheles! 500 Russians protest destruction of demon statue in St. Petersburg

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Up to 500 people gathered in a St. Petersburg street where a statue of the demon Mephistopheles had been smashed earlier in the week under suspicious circumstances, to object to what they believe is the willful destruction of the city's cultural heritage.

"This is our city! This is our building!" chanted the demonstrators, who were encircled by police cars, with multiple cameras looking on.

The bas relief of the smirking demon was built as an adornment for a modernist guest house completed in 1914, and had become a city landmark. On Wednesday, a group of workmen, who refused to identify themselves, drove up to the sculpture, knocked it down, smashed it to pieces, and carted the fragments off to a dump. The statue cannot be restored.

A criminal investigation has been opened, but in the meantime, St. Petersburg is awash with theories about the vandals' motivation.

The bas relief was located directly opposite an Orthodox church that is currently under construction, and is scheduled to open next year.

Initially, Denis Gorchin, ostensibly a former leader of a conservative group calling itself the Cossacks of St. Petersburg, took responsibility for the destruction of the"Satan-worshipping" monument in a letter to the media. But Irbis, an umbrella union for Russian Cossacks, said they had never heard of Gorchin or his organization, and promised to "find and arrest the provocateur."