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Police begin arresting, removing last Dakota Access Pipeline protesters

© Still from Facebook video Jon Ziegler
Hundreds of police in riot gear and carrying night sticks arrested several of the final Dakota Access Pipeline protesters remaining on federal land in violation of orders to vacate by the governor. Protesters consider the land to be indigenous property, Standing Rock, under treaty.

Enforcements included units from the Wisconsin State Troopers and Morton County officers, according to Unicorn Riot, an independent media collective. The collective also reported seeing a National Lawyers Guild observer being arrested.

Police regrouped following several arrests, returning to formation opposite protesters on the road. Remaining protesters anticipated them rushing at any moment.


Arrow Up

Japan ordered to pay $267 million to Okinawan residents suffering from US air base jet noise

© Isssei Kato / Reuters
Kadena U.S. Air Force Base in Okinawa, southwestern Japan
A Japanese court has ruled that Tokyo should pay about 30.2 billion yen ($267 million) in damages to residents suffering from noise coming from the biggest US base on Okinawa, but rejected a call to suspend night and early morning flights.

On Thursday, the Okinawa branch of the Naha District Court ordered the Japanese government to pay the compensation to residents near Kadena Air Base, which hosts the largest combat wing in the US Air Force. The base hosts some 22,000 US soldiers, family members, and Japanese employees in the towns of Kadena and Chatan and the city of Okinawa in Okinawa Prefecture, according to base data.

According to presiding Judge Tetsuya Fujikura, the noise burden on locals has continued despite a 2009 ruling that called upon Japanese authorities to improve the situation.

Comment: The noise levels are but one of the many reasons the Japanese have been protesting against the presence of the US military for decades.


Pistol

Video of off-duty LAPD officer firing gun in dispute with teens sparks LA protests & 24 arrests (VIDEO)

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Hundreds of people took to the streets of Anaheim, California on Wednesday night after footage of an off-duty LAPD officer firing a gun during a confrontation with teenagers sparked outrage online.

The incident took place after the officer, whose identity has not been revealed, confronted a group of teens from a nearby high school for walking across his lawn. Anaheim police said in a statement that it was part of an ongoing dispute between the officer and teens.

No-one was injured by the gunfire but two teens were arrested when Anaheim police arrived at the scene. One was taken into custody for making criminal threats and battery, and the other was picked up for assault and battery.
Anaheim police confirmed that the off-duty officer is cooperating with the ongoing investigation and is not being arrested at this time. LAPD also announced that they are carrying out an investigation.

Comment: See also: LA City Council agrees to pay $1.5mn to family of unarmed police shooting victim


Che Guevara

Protests erupt after Trump rolls back federal bathroom protections for transgender students

© Jonathan Ernst / Reuters
Washington, U.S. February 22, 2017.
President Donald Trump has rolled back Obama-era guidelines granting transgender students access to bathrooms that conform with their gender identity. Trump said the issue caused "so little trouble" during his campaign.

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Education (DOE) sent a "dear colleague" letter to public schools, informing them of changes to the "sex discrimination" code that the Obama administration instructed schools to follow.

Sheriff

20-year-high crime rates menace 4 American cities

© Jim Young / Reuters
Homicide rates are increasing in the majority of major US cities, but Baltimore, Chicago, Memphis and Milwaukee are struggling with some of the worst violence seen in a quarter-century.

Chicago, Baltimore, Memphis and Milwaukee are already seeing a rise in homicide in 2017, compared to the same time last year. While violence keeps climbing, many are desperately searching for a solution to the problem.

Chicago's murder rate returned to 1996 levels when the city was struggling with a drug epidemic and gang wars. The problem is now exacerbated by years of mistrust of police, leading to "the withdrawal of some local communities [from cooperating with police] and police disengagement," as Richard Rosenfeld, a criminologist at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, told the Wall Street Journal.

Control Panel

Danish man charged with blasphemy for setting fire to the Quran on video

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The man posted the footage to a Facebook group called 'Yes to Freedom - no to Islam'
A Danish man who posed a video of himself setting fire to the Quran on Facebook has been charged with blasphemy in the first such prosecution for 46 years.

The 42-year-old suspect put the clip, entitled "Consider your neighbour: it stinks when it burns" to a group called "YES TO FREEDOM - NO TO ISLAM" in December 2015.

Jan Reckendorff, from the public prosecutor's office in Viborg, said: "It is the prosecution's view that circumstances involving the burning of holy books such as the Bible and the Quran can in some cases be a violation of the blasphemy clause, which covers public scorn or mockery of religion.

"It is our opinion that the circumstances of this case mean it should be prosecuted so the courts now have an opportunity to take a position on the matter."

Judges in Aalborg will heard the case, although a date has not yet been set. The maximum sentence for blasphemy is four months in prison but Mr Reckendorff said prosecutors were more likely to seek a fine.

Pistol

Oakland shooter had terrorized area with gunfire 'for a week' but wasn't arrested-killed in police standoff

A 32-year-old East Oakland man who can be seen in ABC7 helicopter video footage stalking his neighborhood with a rifle and vandalizing a garage and a car had provided ample warning to police and nearby residents that he posed a disturbing threat to the public before he was shot by police during a standoff Friday, neighbors claim. Jesse Enjaian died in an Oakland hospital Friday night after exchanging gunfire with police in the morning.

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Star of David

IKEA suffers backlash after issuing womanless catalog for ultra-Orthodox Jews

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Swedish flat-pack furniture behemoth IKEA has suffered an online backlash after issuing a catalog, aimed at ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel, which featured no women.

The brochure is specifically designed for the Haredi (Orthodox) community and depicts items men and boys with traditional side curls and wearing kippahs in a variety of domestic poses.

The items include bunk beds and bookcases lined with religious texts, display cases with Shabbat candlesticks and tables set for the Sabbath meal, but not a single woman or girl is featured.

Eye 2

Court docs reveal Dylann Roof drove to another black church after shooting spree

© Dylann Roof Jason Miczek / Reuters
Newly released documents show avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof drove to a second black church the same night he shot and killed nine church members at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

GPS evidence showed Roof got off the interstate and drove toward Branch AME church in Jedburg after the church shooting, according to unsealed court documents on Tuesday, reported by WCIV.

The church also advertised a Wednesday night Bible study but it was unclear whether anyone was still at the church at that late hour in June.

Einstein

President Trump: Legalizing drugs will end the violent cartels

© Unknown
"We're losing badly the War on Drugs. You have to legalize drugs to win that war. You have to take the profit away from these drug czars."

If you didn't hear about this, it's because virtually the entire mainstream media has been silent about it. The mainstream media is owned by just six corporations and relies for the bulk of its funding on pharmaceutical advertisers.

In a report from High Times, President Trump is referenced as stating that he is "a hundred percent" in favor of medical marijuana and added that legalizing it is "good in some ways."

The comment was made during an interview conducted by Bill O'Reilly while Trump was still a candidate, and indicated to many people that he had an open mind on the matter.