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RT crew & civilians tear-gassed during Paris protests

Protests in Paris as Unions Term Elections 'Political Masquerade'
RT correspondent Charlotte Dubenskij and her crew were tear-gassed while reporting on the violent protests that erupted just minutes after polling stations closed at the Place de la Bastille in central Paris.

Riot police were on the scene and tear gas was deployed as protesters, many of them young people, turned up to demonstrate against the French presidential elections. Reporting from the scene, Charlotte Dubenskij got caught up in the violent commotion that followed, which saw chairs, firecrackers, bottles and other projectiles hurled at police.

Comment: Further reading: Establishment Shunts Establishment Puppet into the Élysée: More Warmongering To Follow

Star of David

Palestinian officials call for 'day of rage' for hundreds held without trial in Israeli prisons

© AP Photo/ Ariel Schalit
More than 100 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons are reported to have quit their hunger strike, according to Israeli officials. These reports are challenged by Palestinian organizations.

At least 84 Palestinian inmates held in Israel's Gilboa prison are reported to have quit their hunger strike, a protest against what they claim to be inhumane detention conditions, according to an Israeli Prisons Service (IPS) spokesman.

IPS earlier reported 100 hunger-strikers held at various other facilities had quit their protest.

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Study claims Medical marijuana program 'could save US taxpayer $1bn'

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A new study claims that medical marijuana use directly correlates with a decline in prescription drug use, which could save the US taxpayer up to $1.1 billion a year on Medicaid prescriptions.

The research follows up on another study carried out last year by Ashley Bradford and W. David Bradford which found that taxpayers would save half a billion dollars each year through the provision of medical marijuana.

"Patients and physicians in the community are reacting to the availability of medical marijuana as if it were medicine," the father-daughter team wrote in their latest findings, published online this week in the Health Affairs publication. Medical marijuana is legal in 28 states and in Washington DC.

"Using quarterly data on all fee-for-service Medicaid prescriptions in the period 2007 - 14, we tested the association between those laws and the average number of prescriptions filled by Medicaid beneficiaries," the researchers wrote.


Common sense not so common? 1 in 5 adults in the UK can't change a lightbulb or boil an egg

Are you handy enough that if a lightbulb went out in your home you'd be able to change it? Believe it or not, one in five people aren't so skilled. In fact, a new survey of people in the United Kingdom finds not only do about 20 percent of people not know how to change a bulb — the same number aren't sure how to boil an egg, either.

The British insurance company Aviva recently released their annual Home Report which detailed, among numerous findings about how people do work around the house, relatively common tasks that people encounter. The company surveyed 2004 people across the UK in February and March about their habits and roles at home.


Burned-out cars & police brutality: Videos show violence amid French election

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Protests, violence and vandalism flared up in Paris as results of the first round of the tight presidential race were being counted, footage captured by RT's Ruptly agency shows. Disillusioned French youth protested what many of them see as a political "masquerade."

One disturbing scene captured by Ruptly shows a young woman scuffling with a police officer, and being forcefully thrown on the asphalt face-down. Others rush to help the woman, who cries in pain and struggles to get up, but eventually remains helplessly lying on the ground. An ambulance crew then arrives to take away the young protester, who seems to have suffered serious injuries.

Comment: "Night of the Barricades": Protesters clash with riot police at post-vote demonstration in central Paris

Gold Seal

'This is your brain on drugs' actress has something to say about the 'war on drugs' in epic new video

If you're old enough to remember Fat Albert, Happy Days, and School House Rock, you'll probably be able to recall Partnership for America's propaganda video attempting to equate the taking of drugs with the frying of an egg. Here's the 1987 segment, which relied heavily on the sensation of burning, to communicate its message.

Fast-forward to the twentieth century, to 1998, and the organization was still attempting to scare people out of doing drugs. "Generation X" as they were known, the first generation of kids whose parents had gone through the 70's drug craze, seemed to be more scared of AIDS than they were of drugs, but the ad campaigns continued nonetheless.

Comment: Cook's assertions are backed up with many facts about the ineffective, hypocritical and criminal 'war on drugs':

Arrow Down

March in solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers turns violent after IDF fires steel-coated rubber bullets on protesters

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Fights have broken out between Israeli soldiers and protesters outside the city of Ramallah in the West Bank as a small procession marched in support of the thousands of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike across Israeli jails.

The small protest march set off from Yasser Arafat Square in central Ramallah on Sunday, but got into trouble when it reached the Beit El checkpoint to the north of the city, which was manned by soldiers from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

According to the Palestinian news agency Ma'an News, events took a violent turn when the IDF soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets on the protesters, injuring three. The protesters responded by setting bins on fire and hurling stones at the Israeli soldiers.
Tear gas was also used, but Ma'an News reported that the wind blew it back toward the IDF.

Comment: The IDF never misses an opportunity to bait Palestinians into 'conflict' that can be turned to Israel's advantage in their war against Palestine.

Israel cracks down on thousands of hunger strikers, Palestinians take to the streets in mass solidarity


"Night of the Barricades": Protesters clash with riot police at post-vote demonstration in central Paris

© Jean-Paul Pallisier/Reuters
Protesters clash with French police after preliminary results of first round presidential election.
French riot police have deployed tear gas on protesters who gathered at the Place de la Bastille in central Paris after preliminary results of the first round of the presidential election were announced. Protests in Paris in the aftermath of the vote have turned violent with smoke grenades, flares and glass bottles thrown at police. RT's correspondent Charlotte Dubenskij was tear gassed while reporting from the scene.

The rallies, dubbed the "night of the barricades," are expected to take place in 13 cities across France. The protests erupted minutes after the polling stations closed in the first round of the presidential elections.

There is a massive riot police presence on the streets of Paris, with officers wearing full body armor, including shields and carrying batons and pepper spray bottles, as can be seen on images from a Ruptly video. At some point protesters were seen throwing chairs - apparently from nearby cafes - at police officers.

Comment: Protests are starting early with surely more to come. Don't like the results? Feeling a bit frustrated? There is always violence. Real, homegrown or imported.


Rash of suicides in Beida, Libya closes university for three days

Omar Mukhtar University in Beida, Libya
The Omar Mukhtar University in Beida has closed for three days following the presumed suicide of one of its students. The body of a young women who was studying English and in her first year was found hanging in one of the faculty bathrooms today.

There appears to have been a spate of suicides in Beida - this is said to be the tenth in the town since the beginning of the month - four more than a week ago. It has caused alarm and incomprehension resulting in allegations of suicide grooming and even demonic possession as the result of playing a game known as "Charlie Charlie".

Although the university authorities have said that they are stopping classes for three days as a memorial to the suicide victim, it is believed that concern over possible panic or even hysteria among students following this latest incident is the real reason.

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Cops tase 18 y.o. boy to death in brutal assault

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Graham Dyer
Kathy and Robert Dyer got a phone call one night that is every parent's nightmare — their son, Graham, was in the hospital. The 18-year-old boy had been severely injured during a struggle with police and was fighting for his life — a fight he would lose.

When Kathy and Robert got to the hospital that night, police refused to let them see their son. "They said he was in serious trouble — that he had felony charges for assaulting an officer," Kathy recalled.

Graham had taken LSD that night and his friends called police after he had a bad reaction to it. Police claimed Graham injured himself as they drove him to jail. While the video does show Graham flailing back and forth, police failed to mention to the parents that they'd tortured him, repeatedly, with a taser — including deploying it on his genitalia.

This tragic incident happened on August 14, 2013, but Kathy and Robert are only now finding out what happened to their son. For more than two years, the Mesquite police department would keep the video of Graham — before he went to the hospital — a secret. Now, after watching the video, we know why.