"Such selective prosecution leaves the troubling impression that the government believes speech on the left more deserving of protection than speech on the right.
"The fundamental principles of the First Amendment rights to free speech and to assemble are the "bedrock" of the United States. This is not always easy. Sometimes, people use that right to 'spread vitriolic and hateful ideas and beliefs'.
"While Defendants openly promoted ideas the Court finds reprehensible, and likely committed violence for which they deserve to be prosecuted, this case is about something more important. It is about upholding the free speech and assembly rights guaranteed to all of us.
"It does not matter who you are or what you say. It does not matter whether you are a supporter of All Lives Matter or a supporter of Black Lives Matter. It does not matter whether you are a Zionist professor or part of Students for Justice in Palestine. It does not matter whether you are a member of RAM or Antifa. All are the same under the Constitution, and all receive its protections."
The way the US-made jet is designed means it might have difficulties operating from Ukrainian runways, sparking speculation that they could be flown from Poland, Romania or the Baltic states instead.It's becoming clear that the US is intent on escalating the situation in one way or another, and alongside this Russia has been revealing just how involved with the proxy war the West is:
Russia has repeatedly warned such a deployment would be an escalation of the conflict and may even risk nuclear war, as the F-16 is capable of delivering B61 gravity bombs.
"So, if one of those planes takes off from a NATO nation - what would that be? An attack on Russia. I shall not describe what could happen next," Dmitry Medvedev, former Russian president and deputy head of Russia's National Security Council, said in an interview on Thursday.
We are grateful to our Brazilian friends for the opportunity to discuss geopolitical issues. We see this as the desire of the chairmanship to stimulate the search for a common denominator and diplomatic solutions that will create favourable peaceful conditions for mutually beneficial economic development.
When we join forces, the world is able to change for the better, to move forward. The twentieth century was an important milestone in freeing humanity from the shackles of colonialism. It would seem that we have defeated economic banditry, the exploitation of other people's labor and other people's wealth. The transition to détente during the Cold War allowed the USSR and the United States to lay the foundation for containing military risks and building a reliable strategic security architecture, primarily in Europe. We regret that those achievements have been almost completely destroyed today.
"Should the enemy perform any action, we will return to operating according to the rules and formulas that existed before. The purpose of the resistance is to deter the enemy, and we will react accordingly."Israel's Defence Secretary Gallant has underlined that contrary to international consensus expectations, he too expects the war in Lebanon to continue. Gallant said the military has stepped up its attacks against Hizbullah by one level out of ten:
"The Air Force planes flying currently in the skies of Lebanon have heavier bombs for more distant targets. Hizbullah went up half a step, whilst we, a full one ... We can attack not only at 20 kilometres [from the border], but also at 50 kilometres, and in Beirut and anywhere else."It is not clear what 'red line' Hizbullah would have to cross for Israel to significantly escalate its response to much higher levels; Israeli leaders have suggested that an attack on a strategic site; or an attack leading to major civilian casualties; or a substantive barrage on Haifa might constitute the breaking point.
"The world must know, and Hamas leaders must know, if by Ramadan our hostages are not home, the fighting will continue everywhere, including the Rafah area."The Israeli Defense Forces said they detected and killed Hamas fighters who launched a rocket against Israel on Sunday in Gaza. The IDF said Nahal Brigade soldiers found a rocket launch site in minutes and ordered the Air Force to conduct a strike.