Shohreh Aghdashloo may be most recognizable by her deep, easily identifiable voice found in projects including The Flight Attendant , The Punisher , an Oscar-nominated role in House of Sand and Fog and an Emmy win for HBO 's House of Saddam . The actress, an Iranian American born in Tehran, fled to England before the Iranian Revolution in 1979, when she was 25. Aghdashloo talked to Newsweek about the tumult in her home country after the September 13 killing of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini by the morality police for failing to wear a hijab. Iranian authorities said that she suffered sudden heart failure, but her family and those protesting say she died, after spending three days in a coma, because they beat her. Her death sparked a national movement—videos of women cutting their hair and burning their hijabs flooded social media before the country enforced a media blackout—and a global outcry against the Islamic morality code. The White House issued a statement on … [Read more...] about Iranian American Oscar nominee cautions against any negotiations with Iran
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The week before Russia invaded her homeland, Ukrainian scientist Inna Melnyk had a vacation. She and her husband and their two children, who live in Košice, planned to visit Kyiv. Their relatives advised them to postpone their trip, and they did. Skryť Remove ad Article continues after video advertisement Skryť Remove ad Article continues after video advertisement Days later, her friends, fellow students, acquaintances, and even acquaintances of acquaintances began pouring into eastern Slovakia in the wake of the Russian invasion – and her Slovak colleagues at the Institute of Geotechnics at the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) in Košice started helping, providing housing, clothes and even pots and pans for the new arrivals. Many colleagues, even those abroad in other countries such as Sweden, Italy and Slovenia wrote or called the scientist to offer help, which they then supplied to her colleagues from Ukraine. Related … [Read more...] about A Ukrainian scientist in Slovakia is supporting Ukraine in its fight for freedom, and the planet
A guide to the books and movies that can help you understand one of the Supreme Court's most important, and most neglected, rulings: the one that secured the right to counsel for indigent defendants. The accompanying piece about the legacy of Gideon v. Wainwright is long -- probably longer than my dear editors would have liked -- but in many important ways it is not long enough. There is a great deal of relevant, interesting material worthy of a closer look that I did not include in my take on the 50th anniversary of the right to counsel. Here are some resources you should check out if you want to know more about this vital topic: 1. You simply have to start with Gideon's Trumpet , published in 1964 by Anthony Lewis, then and for many years afterward the New York Times ' Supreme Court reporter. The simple book is Lewis' masterwork, in my opinion, and one of the finest works about American law ever written. You can read it in less than a day; and you should; and if you do, … [Read more...] about So You Want to Learn More About the Gideon Case?
Bosnia and Herzegovina is preparing for a general election on Sunday, 2 October. Here we explain how the election works, who the main parties and candidates are, and what the likely outcome might be in a country said to have the most complicated system of government in the world. How did Bosnia end up with the world’s most complex administration? The Balkan country of about 3.2 million is facing a difficult set of choices in its ninth general election since the first multi-party vote in 1990. At the time, Bosnia was still a part of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia — a communist country that soon crumbled and set off a series of wars and conflicts between 1991 and 1999. As one of the seven independent states that came out of the breakup, Bosnia experienced its own war between 1992 and 1995. Until recently, it was considered the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II. Bosnia remains extremely vulnerable to the increased nationalist … [Read more...] about Bosnia election explained: How does it work? Who is running? Who is likely to win?
Mohammad Asghar, who has died aged 74, was Wales’s first Muslim councillor and the first ethnic minority member of the Welsh Assembly; in an eventful political career he changed party three times. Joining the Conservatives after first arriving in Newport, “Oscar”, as he was known to his colleagues, was elected a Labour councillor in 2004. He won his seat in the Assembly in 2007 representing Plaid Cymru, then two years later crossed the floor to the Tories. Paying tribute to him, the Secretary of State for Wales, Simon Hart, said: “Mohammad Asghar was an extremely significant figure in Welsh politics, and has contributed so much to his community and the country since settling here as a young man.” Proud to be British and Welsh, and proud of his roots in what is now Pakistan, he ran with the Olympic torch in Pakistan in 1964, and campaigned for Wales to have its own cricket team. He was a qualified pilot, and spoke Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi fluently. Asghar was a devoted family … [Read more...] about Mohammad Asghar, the first ethnic-minority member of the Welsh Assembly – obituary
Two of the three finalists for Lafayette police chief pitched themselves and their ideas to the community on Thursday evening, just two weeks before they’re set to be questioned by interviewers in the final round of Lafayette Consolidated Government’s hiring process. Former Louisiana State Police trooper Brian Ardoin and Lafayette police Sgt. Dorian Brabham took the stage for two hours before about three dozen Lafayette residents at a forum co-chaired by the Lafayette NAACP and League of Women Voters-Lafayette. The hosts, Christie Maloyed and Ravis Martinez, said that while the police chief will be appointed by Mayor-President Josh Guillory, it’s important the community has a platform to share their priorities and open a dialogue with the eventual chief pick from the jump. The third finalist, Lafayette police Cmdr. Judith Estorge , was expected to participate but organizers said Estorge chose to back out late Wednesday afternoon. Ardoin has bachelor’s and master’s … [Read more...] about ‘When I’m chief’: Two of the finalists for Lafayette police chief share their visions at forum
In “ The Rise of Victimhood Culture ,” I described the work of sociologists Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning, who argued that the United States made the transition from an honor culture to a dignity culture in the 18th and 19th Centuries, and that we’re now seeing the rise of what they dubbed “a culture of victimhood.” They argued that it is characterized by: ...concern with status and sensitivity to slight combined with a heavy reliance on third parties. People are intolerant of insults, even if unintentional, and react by bringing them to the attention of authorities or to the public at large. Domination is the main form of deviance, and victimization a way of attracting sympathy, so rather than emphasize either their strength or inner worth, the aggrieved emphasize their oppression and social marginalization. Among those who read the article, one of the most common objections was to the name “victimhood culture.” Here I want to publish some of those reader emails––and … [Read more...] about Is ‘Victimhood Culture’ a Fair Description?
The Biden administration quietly changed the fine print of it student loan debt forgiveness plan Thursday, cutting hundreds of thousands of borrowers out of the sweeping program. The change to the Department of Education website, made without announcement amid legal challenges, leaves out Federal Family Education Loans, which included the once-popular Perkins loans. Those loans were issued by private banks but guaranteed by the government under a program that the Obama administration ended in 2010. The site previously advised those borrowers to consolidate the loans into the federal Direct Loan program in order to be eligible for up to $20,000 of relief. “As of Sept. 29, 2022, borrowers with federal student loans not held by ED cannot obtain one-time debt relief by consolidating those loans into Direct Loans,” the site now advises, although it says borrowers who consolidated and applied before September 29 remain eligible for relief. JUST IN: In a remarkable reversal that … [Read more...] about Biden’s Stealth Change To Student Loan Forgiveness Scheme Could Cut Out Millions Of Borrowers | The Daily Wire
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is fast approaching with one million fans – including supporters from England and Wales – expected in the pint-sized Persian Gulf state. In preparation for the crowds heading to the shimmering skyscrapers of the capital Doha and beyond, the fabulously wealthy nation has gleaming new train and tram services operating. We’ve asked the national tourist board for the best ways to get about by Metro, bicycle or on foot for the greatest football show on Earth. READ MORE: Hilton space hotel to open in 2027 - everything we know so far from rooms to getting there “Visitors don’t need a car to explore Doha, as all the top attractions are located accessibly along our Metro and tram network,’’ says tourism chief operating officer Berthold Trenkel. ‘‘To see the sights stress-free, it’s also surprisingly simple to stroll around the city. For example, our vibrant cafe-lined downtown district of Msheireb connects, via a convenient passage, to the historical … [Read more...] about How to get around Qatar during the FIFA World Cup 2022 – metro, foot and tram
Vladimir Putin today announced his annexation of four provinces of Ukraine —four provinces that he does not fully control, that did not vote to join Russia, that have been the site of mass murder and mass deportation since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. With this statement, the Russian president is also declaring war. But this is not merely a war on Ukraine. Putin’s war—Russia’s war—is also a war on a particular idea of world order, and of international law, an idea upheld not just by Europeans and North Americans, but by most of the rest of the world, indeed by the United Nations itself. One core principle of this world order is that larger countries should not be able to grab parts of smaller countries, that mass slaughter of whole populations is unacceptable, that borders have international significance and cannot be changed through violence or on one dictator’s whim. Putin already challenged this idea in 2014, when he annexed Crimea. At the time he also held a sham … [Read more...] about Putin’s Newest Annexation Is Dire for Russia Too