In a rare bipartisan effort, the senior Republican and Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have both asked President Donald Trump to launch a human rights probe into Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman. In a letter penned by the outgoing chairman of the committee, Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), lawmakers urge Trump to determine whether Mohamed bin Salman (MbS) bears responsibility for the torture and brutal murder of Washington Post columnist and Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey in October. Corker and Menendez cited a provision of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, an expanded version of the 2012 Magnitsky Act, that allows the US government to sanction foreign officials alleged to be complicit in human rights abuses whenever they have been committed. The Act requires that the President report back to the committee "within 120 days with a determination and a decision on the … [Read more...] about Senators ask Trump to investigate if was MbS responsible for Khashoggi’s death
After a massive campaign against a Russian candidate by US senators, and MSM hysteria over his possible win, Kim Jong Yang from South Korea has been elected as director of Interpol. Kim was assigned the role of Interpol’s acting president during a meeting in Dubai, UAE, after the resignation of Meng Hongwei. The latter is currently detained in his native China, pending a corruption investigation. The latter is currently detained in his native China, pending a corruption investigation. Reacting to the Interpol announcement, China director at Human Rights Watch Sophie Richardson noted that “real breaking news” from the organization would involve “showing the slightest shred of concern about what happened” to Meng Hongwei. However, it wasn’t Kim’s candidacy that dominated discussion in the mainstream media prior to the announcement, but that of Alexander Prokopchuk – the organization’s current vice president. The Times assumed … [Read more...] about South Korea’s Kim Jong Yang chosen as Interpol chief after US outcry against Russian candidate
Following a campaign-trail joke about a ‘public hanging’, incumbent Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith has been dumped by crucial campaign contributors with just one week till the final midterm runoff. Major campaign funders including Pfizer and Walmart are withdrawing their support for incumbent Republican senator Cindy Hyde-Smith in response to her morbid joke about public hangings that many see as racist. The loss of this critical support comes at a disastrous time for the campaign, with Mississippi poised to hold the final runoff election of the midterms on November 27. The scandal began when Hyde-Smith joked on the campaign trail that she enjoys the company of one of her supporters so much that if he “invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row.” While her supporters laughed, the joke didn’t sit well with many given Mississippi’s strong historical connection to lynchings and the fact that her opponent, former US secretary of … [Read more...] about Walmart wants a refund from Republican senator after ‘public hanging’ joke
To Brexit or not to Brexit, that is the question. Theresa May’s plan to exit the EU has been roundly criticized from virtually every quarter. And with a looming deadline the UK could face a hard Brexit without an agreement, and even early elections. How did it get to this point? CrossTalking with Marcus Papadopoulos, Alexander Mercouris, and Alastair Donald. … [Read more...] about Broken Brexit?
Students at Leeds University have turned into such sensitive and fragile creatures that lecturers have been cautioned against using caps or anything that sounds like a command in case they freak out and fail their studies. A memo has been issued, telling professors at Leeds Trinity School of Journalism to shun anything that the poor kids may interpret as constituting even a hint of criticism (the much-revered uni practice of constructive feedback seems to have gone down the drain). That includes steering well away from using capital letters when setting assignments, in case they end up intimidating the snowflakes. However, what appears to be the uni’s farewell to constructive criticism doesn’t stop there. Teachers (or at this point perhaps one should call them babysitters?) should also stop telling their classes what they should avoid doing to improve their performance. The word “don’t” is apparently too intimidating. While for some uni kids, even being … [Read more...] about Leeds students too delicate to deal with CAPS or direct instructions from teachers