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Off-Duty officer and brother attack teen with metal pipe while Police attempt cover-up

The log on Dafonte Miller's shattered cell phone shows a call was made to 911 at 2:52 a.m. on Dec. 28, 2016.

But the 19-year-old was barely able to speak, his lawyer says, because his phone was snatched away by two pipe-wielding assailants who viciously attacked the teen in a quiet Whitby, Ont., residential neighbourhood, leaving him with serious injuries, including the loss of an eye.

Two men - an off-duty Toronto police constable and his brother - now face criminal charges in a case that has prompted accusations of racial profiling and police deception.

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Shooting at Israeli embassy in Jordan leaves 1 killed, 2 injured

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Policemen are seen near the Israeli embassy in Amman, Jordan July 23, 2017
At least one person has been killed and two others injured in a shooting incident at the Israeli embassy complex in Jordan.

Police confirmed that a Jordanian man was fatally wounded in the incident while an Israeli national was among the two injured parties taken to hospital.

Two Jordanian men working for a furniture firm had entered a building within the complex in the country's capital of Amman before the shooting Sunday, according to a police statement cited by Reuters. The scene has now been sealed off.

Comment: See also: 'Israel is playing with fire': Arab League chief warns amid tensions over increased Jerusalem security


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Hollywood cowers in fear of President Putin!

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Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Is Hollywood cowering from their most frightening bogeyman, Vladimir Putin, or is the business of anti-Russian propaganda stronger than ever?

Los Angeles is a very strange place to live. The weather is almost always sunny, comfortable, and clear, leaving the city in a state of perpetual summer. On the rare occasion it does rain, the local media cover it as though the apocalypse were underway.

This glorious weather may sound heavenly to those who suffer with brutally humid summers or bitterly cold winters, or both, but it has a downside to it - namely, it can be terribly disorienting.

The longer you live here, the more disorienting it becomes as you are rendered incapable of remembering if something in your past occurred on the Fourth of July or Christmas Eve, as those days, and nearly every other day, look exactly the same.

This disorientation is heightened by the constant influx of beautiful young people who come to the land of milk and honey to find their fame and fortune. This yearly harvest of fresh blood combined with the interminable glorious weather leads many Angelenos to live in a state of surreality, where imagination and the real world morph into one.

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Syria summary: Consolidating the west and marching east

There were no major changes in the situation in Syria since our last post. Several smaller steps have further consolidated the position of the government of Syria and its allies while the positions of its enemies continue to deteriorate.

In the north-west Idleb governate and the city of Idleb saw new infighting between Ahrar al-Sham and al-Qaeda in Syria under its current moniker Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). Ahrar, historically also an al-Qaeda offspring, was supported by Qatar and Turkey while al-Qaeda in Syria (aka Jabhat al Nusra aka HTS) was said to have support from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Rudiments of local CIA paid Free Syrian Army gangs are intermixed with these. Their primary task was to collect supplies from the CIA in Turkey and to distribute those to their friends in al-Qaeda and Ahrar al-Sham. Each of these groups received support in the range of at least $1 billion per year.

The spat between Qatar and Saudi Arabia mostly ended their interest in their proxies in Syria. The Trump administration decided to end the CIA support program for its FSA proxies in the north-west (but not for others elsewhere). This was a significant change of the situation for each group.

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Blue privilege: If Florida teens who watched disabled man drown were cops, they would not face charges

Here's proof that if the five despicable teens who taunted and filmed drowning man were cops, they would not face charges.

This week, headlines across the country lambasted the Florida teenagers for filming and taunting a disabled man as he drowned in a lake. On Friday, the Cocoa Police Department (CPD), in conjunction with the Florida State Attorney's Office, announced they are pursuing criminal charges against the five teens.

"He started to struggle and scream for help and they just laughed. They didn't call the police. They just laughed the whole time. He was just screaming... for someone to help him," Yvonne Martinez, spokeswoman for the Cocoa Police Department, told the Washington Post.

What those teens did was repugnant, disgusting, and an insult to all that is good. Their actions, or rather inactions, caused the suffering and death of an innocent life and they will have to live with that for the rest of their lives.

That being said, however, if those despicable teens had been cops, they would not have been charged at all. As the Free Thought Project has reported on numerous occasions, police officers can and will watch adults and children alike drown and not face charges.

Below are just a few examples of police officers acting just like these teens, some of them even laughing as people drown right in front of them.

Comment: 'There was no remorse, only a smirk': Group of teens film drowning man (VIDEO) - UPDATE: Charges will be filed


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Iranian deputies push to abolish the death penalty for drug-related offenses


Preparation for an execution in Nowshahr, Iran, in April 2014. The man was pardoned by relatives of the victim before he was executed.
Iranian lawmakers have proposed changes to the country's tough antidrugs laws, a move that could abolish the death penalty for some drug-related crimes.

If approved by parliament, a proposed amendment could curb the number of executions in the Islamic republic, which has one of the highest rates of capital punishment in the world.

Iran has been under mounting international pressure to curb its number of executions. Human rights groups say Iran executed at least 567 people in 2016 and nearly 1,000 in 2015, including men from Afghanistan, where the majority of illicit drugs come into Iran. Iranian officials say 70 percent of all executions in the country were for drug-related offenses.

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Number of asylum seekers leaving U.S. and crossing to Canada rises in June

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Many asylum seekers say they left the United States because they feared deportation in light of President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown

The number of asylum seekers walking across the U.S. border into Canada rose in June after dropping in the previous two months, according to government figures released on Friday.

There were 884 refugee claimants who crossed the border between formal crossings and were picked up by Royal Canadian Mounted Police last month, bringing the total for the first half of 2017 to 4,345, the data showed.

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Riot police called in over St. Louis prison AC protest (VIDEO)

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Saint Louis Medium Security Institution
Protesters squared off against riot police outside the St. Louis Medium Security Institution in Duluth, Minnesota, where they were demonstrating against allegedly inhumane conditions inside the facility.

Between 100 and 150 protesters gathered outside the prison, also known as the St. Louis Workhouse, at around 7:00pm local time on Saturday. According to the event's Facebook page, the demonstrators were concerned about the poor living conditions and overheating in the jail.

"Our family, friends and others who are currently locked up awaiting trial or serving short sentences in the Workhouse are right now inside a literal tinder box because of the heat wave," the event description read. "Shut down the workhouse, the torture has gone on long enough."


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Pro-Palestinian & pro-Israeli protesters face off outside Israeli embassy in London after new security checks (VIDEO)

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Pro-Israel and pro-Palestine demonstrators held opposing rallies outside the Israeli embassy in London, after Israel expanded security measures for Palestinians wishing to pray at the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Islam's third holiest site.

Pro-Palestinian protesters were seen setting fire to Israeli flags in a video shot by Ruptly Saturday, holding up banners reading "save al-Aqsa" and chanting "shame on you!" at the Israelis and their supporters.

The pro-Israeli side, which appeared to be much smaller, quietly held up Israeli flags in response.

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Survivors of rape during the Bosnian war speak of their suffering and healing 25 years on


Dr Branka Antic-Stauber, who counsels 150 survivors: ‘Justice is so difficult to achieve’
It ranks among the worst atrocities in modern European history: the genocidal rape of Bosnian Muslims by Serbs during the Balkan conflict. Horrifically, tens of thousands of survivors now must live next to their rapists, seeing them daily. Sue Turton meets women still living with incalculable suffering a quarter of a century on.

Twenty-five years have passed since Rana was raped but she remembers like it was yesterday. It was 6pm on the 9 May 1992 when Serbian soldiers attacked her Bosnian village in Brcko District, burnt down hers and many of her neighbors' homes and took her to a forest.

She recounts the day that changed her life forever, her hair neatly tied back, loop earrings and rimless glasses, suggesting an organized life but her scrambled thoughts tumbling out say otherwise.

"There were many soldiers in the field," she remembers. "One of them told me to undress but I said no. He hit me and pushed me to the ground. It was the same man who had set fire to my house. Then he raped me. The other soldiers stood around and watched. He told them to rape me too and so I was raped again. Twice."

Comment: These courageous people are in our thoughts and prayers.