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Over 50 handcuffed at DNC as thousands protest Clinton's nomination in Philadelphia (VIDEO)

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People march holding signs in support of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during a protest outside the 2016 Democratic National Convention, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dozens of protesters have been detained in Philadelphia as thousands rally against Hillary Clinton's official nomination. Protesters have also staged a sit-in to block delegates from entering the Wells Fargo Center, where the Democratic National Convention is being held.

Heart - Black

US rape culture: 4 women raped by same man ignored by university officials and local police detectives

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Rape culture continues to flourish on American college campuses. In the most recent account, four women who reported that they had been raped by the same man were ignored by the Utah State University's Title IX office, and by the police detectives investigating the complaints in Logan, Utah.

Reporter Alex Stuckey of the Salt Lake Tribune conducted an in-depth investigation of a pattern of alleged rapes committed by an unnamed assailant. The first assault was reported in January of 2015; the fourth in December. The male student continued remained on campus until spring of 2016, when he graduated.

The four women did not know one another, and they all filed separate reports. Three of the women were Utah State students and reported the assaults to their school. Title IX, the federal statute passed in 1972 that mandates equal treatment of the sexes in education, requires that "schools must take action if there is a potential continuing threat to students."

In stories that echo the disturbing details recounted in Jon Krakauer's book, Missoula, which documented a spate of rapes in the Montana college town, police seemed more interested in helping preserve the reputation of the alleged rapist than in helping the women prosecute the man who had hurt them.

Comment: It's a disturbing trend in the US for authorities to protect rapists instead of the people they victimize: Rape Culture in America - How the system protects the rapists and fails the victims

Bad Guys

Dozens dead as two car bombs go off near Mogadishu airport in Somalia

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At least 13 people dead after two suicide attacks in the area of Somalia's Mogadishu airport, media reports.

The blasts were in fact twin suicide car bombs tearing through checkpoints near Mogadishu International Airport, according to Harun Maruf, a local journalist.

Al-Shabaab, a radical Islamist group, has taken responsibility for the attacks, claiming to have killed over 12 people, Reuters reports.

According to Al Jazeera, the first explosion occurred near the entrance used by African Union forces, while the second blast hit a checkpoint manned by Somali government forces.

Light Saber

'I can no longer stay silent': Michael Jordan speaks out on police shootings

For years, Michael Jordan has taken criticism from those who'd wished one of the most famous, visible, wealthy and powerful athletes in the world would use his considerable public profile and influence to speak out on social issues affecting the African American community. For years, the six-time NBA champion and basketball legend's legacy of on-court success has been counterbalanced by four non-quoted words — "Republicans buy sneakers, too" — often used to call Jordan onto the carpet for failing "to embrace the leverage he possessed as the nation's most iconic athlete across the 1990s."

Well, now, the Hall of Famer and Charlotte Hornets owner has chosen to speak.

In an essay for The Undefeated published Monday, the 53-year-old Jordan makes his voice heard in the wake of the recent unrest in the country following the police killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., the police killing of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minn., the killing of five police officers by a lone gunman at an otherwise peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, the police shooting of North Miami behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey as he lay on his back with his hands thrust in the air trying to coax an autistic patient back into a mental health center, and all the protests and demonstrations that have followed.


Like robots: U.S. media go collectively nuts over Trump's NY Times NATO remarks

...not unlike the Borg

Comment: Not that we take anything anti-establishment Trump says with any seriousness, since he has no credibility whatsoever. But, it is interesting to note how the mechanical arms of Empire, i.e. the U.S. media - go after him (and Putin of course) with such a vengeance after he makes a few remarks about the U.S. not getting paid by member nations of NATO. In fact, he sounds just like a mafia boss "no pay, no protection". And this from the guy who's notorious about not paying his bills. The real story here though is the media's reaction.

Full meltdown mode all over the orthodox US press from the most-established ("namiest") brands to the newest and hippest.

How a Trump presidency could destabilize Europe - Anne Applebaum - The Washington Post:
But now it is 2016, truth is stranger than fiction, and we finally have a presidential candidate, Donald Trump, with direct and indirect links to a foreign dictator, Vladimir Putin, whose policies he promotes.
Trump would wreck, not restore, America's standing in the world - Editorial Board - The Washington Post:
This is an extraordinary willingness to question 70 years of bedrock political consensus on U.S. foreign policy — one that includes Mr. Obama, who has dispatched U.S. troops to defend the Baltics.
Trump proves he's a Putin lapdog - Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post:
Trump continued on, promising to advance the "America First" mantra — an isolationist dog-whistle recalling Charles Lindbergh's opposition in the 1930s to fighting Hitler.

Comment: See also: Presenting 'Putin's useful idiots': Anyone who disagrees with the establishment


Nonstop violence: Suicide car bomb kills at least 14, wounds 30 in Iraqi eastern Diyala province

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At least 14 people were killed and 30 wounded on Monday (July 25) after an explosion in Iraq's eastern Diyala province.

A bomb-laden vehicle targeted a checkpoint in al-Khalis, located 60 kilometers (37.5 miles) north of the country's capital city Baghdad.

ISIS has stepped up attacks in central Iraq in the weeks since it suffered defeat at the hands of Iraqi security forces backed by the U.S.-led Coalition in Fallujah.

Following the security forces' victory, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned Iraqis, and especially Baghdad's residents, to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

Before the Diyala attack, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt near a checkpoint in Baghdad's Kadhimiya neighborhood on Sunday (July 24), killing at least six people and wounding as many as 20 others.

Better Earth

British Muslims top generosity charts with £100 million in Ramadan donations

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British Muslims are the most generous charity-givers, according to the UK's Charity Commission, which says Muslims gave about £100 million to charities over the month of Ramadan alone.

The news confirms Muslims' reputation as being the most generous religious group when it comes to charitable donations. The Charity Commission's Nick Donaldson described the £100 million as being the equivalent of £38 in donations per second, and spoke of "numerous people giving single donations of up to £30,000."

The Muslim Charities Forum, which consists of 14 UK charities, raised £45 million over Ramadan. The UK Muslim charity sector consists of about 2,500 charities in total.

According to a report by the National Philanthropy Council, Muslim charities raise £542 million each year. A 2013 ICM and Just Giving report found British Muslims give more than twice as much to charity than the average Briton.

According the Charity Commission, one Muslim charity estimated the proceeds of its donations gathered last Ramadan helped an estimated 1 million people.

From soup kitchens in the UK to helping those affected by Somaliland's drought, the donations were used to do good around the world.


French news outlet calling for Hollande to 'join hands with Russia' to tackle radicalism

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Russia saved the world from Nazism during World War II, and now it is reaching out to the West, offering help in the fight against terrorism and Europe should accept otherwise it's facing a new war it might not survive, French news outlet Boulevard Voltaire wrote.

In 1939, when the Second World War broke out, France wasn't prepared and it was the Soviet people who suffered major sacrifices necessary for the liberation of the whole world, according to Boulevard Voltaire.

The publication further said that now Moscow is warning so that the scenario doesn't repeat itself.

We must cease to be satisfied with words; the author wrote saying that, "Today again, together with the Russian people we have the same enemies. It is radical Islamism and neo-liberal globalism. At first glance, it's different things but in reality we are talking about two hands of the same monster — a tumor on the body of the modern world, multinational elites who own the money," wrote the publication.


CNN/ORC poll shows Trump outflanks Hillary after Republican convention

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If the US presidential elections were held this week, Donald Trump would win, according to research published ahead of the Democratic National Convention. The Republican gathering that confirmed Trump's nomination ended last week.

Trump has managed to move ahead of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with 48 percent of support against 45 percent in a head-to-head matchup, a CNN/ORC poll released on Monday showed. In a four-way race that also involved Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein, Trump leads with 44 percent.

The poll involved interviewing 1,001 adult Americans via telephone by ORC International on July 22-24. The error margin is plus or minus 3 percent, according to the information accompanying the poll.

Pocket Knife

BREAKING: 19 killed, 45 injured as knife-wielding man goes on rampage at medical facility near Tokyo

A man was arrested after killing 19 people and injuring 45 others in a stabbing rampage at a facility for the disabled in Japan's Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo, local media reported, citing authorities.

Twenty of the injured are in critical condition, the national fire department, which also performs emergency medical care, has said.

A 20-year-old man was arrested by police after the attack, national broadcaster NHK reported. He was said to be holding a knife.