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by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 08:25:46 AM EST
Death Sentence Khashoggi Killers to be Commuted?

Sons of murdered Saudi journalist Khashoggi 'forgive' killers | Dawn - Pakistan |

Khashoggi -- a royal family insider turned critic -- was killed and dismembered at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul in October 2018, in a case that tarnished the reputation of de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

His family's pardon could spare the lives of five unnamed people sentenced to death over the murder in a December court ruling that exonerated two top aides to the crown prince.

"On this holy night of this blessed month (of Ramadan)... we the sons of martyr Jamal Khashoggi announce we forgive and pardon those who killed our father," the Washington Post columnist's son Salah Khashoggi said on Twitter.

Saudi authorities did not immediately comment on the legal ramifications of the announcement from Salah, who resides in the kingdom and has denied reports of a financial settlement with the government.

"What this essentially means is that the killers will avoid capital punishment since that is a right the family (under sharia law) has to forgive," Ali Shihabi, a Saudi author and analyst close to the government said on Twitter.

Khashoggi's sons forgive Saudi killers, sparing 5 execution | Hürriyet Daily News |

by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 07:36:03 PM EST
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Jamal Khashoggi's son Salah says family 'forgives' killers | Al Jazeera |

In the statement, posted on Friday, Salah Khashoggi said his family pardons those who took the reporter's life in 2018 when he visited Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

"In this blessed night of the blessed month (of Ramadan) we remember God's saying: If a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah."

"Therefore, we the sons of the Martyr Jamal Khashoggi announce that we pardon those who killed our father, seeking reward God almighty" he added.

A Parody of Justice

Trump thanks Saudis on Twitter after absolving prince of Khashoggi killing | Chicago Tribune - Nov. 21, 2018 |

Khashoggi sons' pardon is step towards killers' release, says UN investigator | The Guardian |

by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 07:54:11 PM EST
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by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 07:55:25 PM EST
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The War Nerd: How Many Dead Yemeni Nobodies Does It Take To Equal 1 WaPo Contributor?
But the thing is, that wasn't the bloodiest mess MbS and the Kingdom were involved in. And Khashoggi wasn't the only maimed body left in the wake of MbS's "reform" policies.

Not by a loooooong shot. There was this other thing going on: The Saudi-led invasion and blockade of NW Yemen, the mostly Shia highland provinces of Yemen. That bloody massacre started in March 2015, and it's been killing untold (and I do mean "untold") hundreds of thousands since then.

How many people have died horrible deaths in Yemen since 2015? The official sources like WaPo and NYT and BBC used to fix on a static figure: 10,000 dead.

Everyone laughed at that one. Every knew it had to be much, much higher, but that just annoyed our news sources of record. So they tried fudging the numbers with the face-saving formula "at least" 10,000, but even buzzards sometimes gag, and people got sick of hearing such an obvious callous lie.

So by now, how many Yemeni Shia nobodies are dead? How many inconvenient corpses, disproportionately children (because they're always the first to die in a famine) are buried, untold, in that rocky ground?

Nobody even tries very hard to guess anymore, because nobody in the Western media is interested.

by Bernard on Sat Jun 13th, 2020 at 04:59:16 PM EST
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Sounds like somebody made them an offer they couldn't refuse.
by rifek on Sun May 31st, 2020 at 08:20:53 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat May 23rd, 2020 at 02:01:29 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun May 24th, 2020 at 02:34:08 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon May 25th, 2020 at 03:25:32 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue May 26th, 2020 at 10:41:47 PM EST
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Venezuela hopes to have gold frozen by Britain returned in order to buy food and medical supplies amid Covid-19 pandemic
The Venezuelan central bank's governor said on Wednesday that, according to the agreement, the funds from the gold sale [?] will be directly transferred to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to ensure it is not used for other purposes. However, he did not reveal how much gold the Bank of England is going to sell [?].
by Cat on Thu May 28th, 2020 at 05:58:46 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun May 24th, 2020 at 10:47:50 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu May 28th, 2020 at 12:20:39 PM EST
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Huawei CFO Meng loses key court fight against extradition to United States
They accuse her of ["]bank fraud["] for misleading HSBC about Huawei's relationship with a company operating in Iran, putting HSBC at risk of fines and penalties for breaking U.S. sanctions on Tehran.
Meng's lawyers argued the case should be thrown out because Canada did not have sanctions against Iran.

But British Columbia's Superior Court Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes disagreed, ruling the legal standard of double criminality [?] had been met.

worldwide organized crime
"Ms. Meng's approach ... would seriously limit Canada's ability to fulfill its international obligations in the extradition context for fraud and other economic crimes," Holmes said.
The U.S. Department of Justice thanked Canada for its continued assistance. Canada's justice ministry said its lawyers were committed to moving ahead as fast as possible.
free HK SAR
by Cat on Thu May 28th, 2020 at 01:23:09 PM EST
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Citizenship law: Is India using COVID-19 emergency to arrest protesters?
Indian police have arrested two student activists, who in February participated in mass demonstrations against a controversial citizenship act. Activists say the law discriminates against the country's Muslim minority.

Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal, who are part of the Pinjra Tod women's rights initiative, were arrested by police on May 23. The court, however, granted them bail, rejecting a police request for the women's detention.

The judge noted that Kalita and Narwal only participated in demonstrations; they did not commit any acts of violence.

But they were re-arrested a day after their release. A special investigation team booked them under charges of murder, attempted murder, rioting and criminal conspiracy.

by Bernard on Thu May 28th, 2020 at 08:40:27 PM EST
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by generic on Sat May 30th, 2020 at 05:41:19 PM EST
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But they are still talking about the UK as though it was one, rather than four, nations. According to The National
WITHOUT the devolved nations considered, England has the worst coronavirus mortality rate in the world according to a Financial Times data visualisation journalist.

John Burn-Murdoch was speaking to Sky News earlier today and explained that data from March to May shows England's coronavirus death rate has been the worst of any country that data is available for.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat May 30th, 2020 at 05:46:44 PM EST
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But actually looking at the data, the excess deaths in the US are about half of the counted Corona dead? What's up with that?
by generic on Sat May 30th, 2020 at 05:48:26 PM EST
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Fewer dead from traffic accidents, air pollution, suicide etc? I don't have the source, but I remember Italian statistics showing lots of excess deaths in the North, but -9% excess deaths in Naples and Palermo, which were relatively COVD free.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat May 30th, 2020 at 05:52:27 PM EST
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That certainly happens and the US collapse of employment is truly massive. But then, they state that their data has been updated until the 28th, but I don't see that they give information of when the country data was updated. Maybe they are just a week or two old?
by generic on Sat May 30th, 2020 at 06:14:35 PM EST
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European states vow to stay in Open Skies Treaty despite US exit | Defense News |

In a joint statement, the foreign ministries of Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden said the pact "is a crucial element of the confidence-building framework that was created over the past decades in order to improve transparency and security across the Euro-Atlantic area."

"We will continue to implement the Open Skies Treaty, which has a clear added value for our conventional arms control architecture and cooperative security.

NATO allies alarmed, annoyed by US Open Skies exit | DW|

by Oui on Thu Jun 4th, 2020 at 07:05:53 AM EST
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by generic on Sat Jun 6th, 2020 at 08:28:12 PM EST
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India, China troops clash at Himalayan border, 'casualties on both sides' - Reuters India
NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR (Reuters) - India's army said on Tuesday 20 of its soldiers had been killed in clashes with Chinese troops at a disputed border site, in a major escalation of a weeks-long standoff between the two Asian giants in the western Himalayas.

China's foreign ministry confirmed there had been a "violent physical confrontation" on Monday in the border area. It made no mention of casualties but India's foreign ministry said there had been casualties on both sides.

India-China clash: 20 Indian troops killed in Ladakh fighting
India's external affairs ministry accused China of breaking an agreement struck the previous week to respect the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley.

BBC diplomatic correspondent James Robbins says violence between two armies high up in the Himalayas is very serious, and pressure will grow on the two nuclear powers not to allow a slide into full-scale conflict.

China did not confirm any casualties, but accused India in turn of crossing the border onto the Chinese side.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said India had crossed the border twice on Monday, "provoking and attacking Chinese personnel, resulting in serious physical confrontation between border forces on the two sides", AFP news agency reported.

by Bernard on Tue Jun 16th, 2020 at 08:46:25 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Jun 24th, 2020 at 05:59:18 AM EST
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pro skillz promoted by WHO.int twitter account

dashboard, 6 "waves" not 2

transitional endemic disease watch (TEDW): Recalling Jan 2020 comparison to worldwide deaths attributed to "Spanish flu," am idly wondering, at this rate, how long for world to obtain 50M-60M attributed to COVID-19 or "with COVID-19" as the preppers say.

(July 5 standard issue)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jul 5th, 2020 at 07:41:20 PM EST
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