Across Northern Ireland reporters and journalists face greater threats to press freedom, source confidentiality and physical safety than any of their counterparts in Britain. Much has been made of moves by police in England to seize television footage of the August riots.
Means: “Matter Out of Place.” It is what hippies use to shout at people who leave things on the ground at Burning Man. The organizers believe that you should pack out everything you bring into the desert and “leave no trace.” There are no trash cans in the desert only art that no one likes.
It also sounds ridiculous and I will begin using it now whenever I participate in a flamewar in some YouTube comments.
angelfire23: this video sucks. don’t waste your time.
“We abhor the creeping delegitimisation and demonisation of Israel. But we also believe that the Palestinians deserve a state of their own. These two beliefs are entirely compatible. By his intransigence Mr Netanyahu has played into the hands of those who would destroy Israel. In blocking any Palestinian aspirations at the UN, America is helping extremists on both sides.”
“What sets good travel writing apart is detail, detail, detail. Which cafe, on what street, overlooking what view? You must sweep the reader up and carry them off on the journey with you. Paint an evocation of where you are so we can experience it along with you. Be specific and drop “stunning”, “breathtaking” and “fantastic” from your lexicon, otherwise it’s just a TripAdvisor entry.”—
I am a Bahraini activist, involved in the Bahrain Revolution that started on 14 February.
When the army demolished the Pearl Roundabout and began arresting people, I was terrified. I knew that I hadn’t done anything wrong – but they were crazy.
One night my house was raided by scores of officers. I was pulled out of the house by my neck with guns pointing at my head, without even a chance to get dressed. They dragged me out while abusing and insulting me, in full view of my young children and family who were screaming and crying at the sight.
I was in shock and dizzy, due to medication I was taking for a health problem. When I came to my senses I saw I was surrounded by dozens of men, some in military uniform, some in plainclothes, some in masks, many were also carrying pistols, clubs and shotguns.
They were searching my personal belongings, reading my papers, putting documents in my laptop case to take away – and they took all the cash in the house.
Outside my house, cars filled the street – civilian cars, a bus, emergency vehicles and riot police jeeps. They pushed me into the bus, closed the door, and then the verbal abuse started – the dirtiest curses, insults, degradation, and insulting my parents and my religion because I am a Shi’a.
On the rough journey to the police station I was full of fear about what would happen to me – whether I would ever see my children again, whether I would be tortured. Since it was my first arrest, I knew nothing about what would happen.
I was held for 149 days. First, I was kept in solitary confinement for 17 days. Ten of these days were spent in the police station, where I was forced to stand facing the wall day and night. They knew I had a back problem, and I believe they designed this torture especially to ruin my health.
They denied me water and sleep, didn’t let me pray or lie down, denied me medicine, blindfolded me when moving me even inside the building, and subjected me to long interrogations while standing up, during which I fainted twice.
Another seven days of solitary confinement were in a freezing room with only one light blanket.
“I have yet to see a death case among the dozens coming to the Supreme Court on eve-of-execution stay applications in which the defendant was well represented at trial… People who are well represented at trial do not get the death penalty.”—Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg (via absurdlakefront)
At the Bureau’s training ground in Quantico, Virginia, agents are shown a chart contending that the more “devout” a Muslim, the more likely he is to be “violent.” Those destructive tendencies cannot be reversed, an FBI instructional presentation adds: “Any war against non-believers is justified” under Muslim law; a “moderating process cannot happen if the Koran continues to be regarded as the unalterable word of Allah.”
These are excerpts from dozens of pages of recent FBI training material on Islam that Danger Room has acquired. In them, the Constitutionally protected religious faith of millions of Americans is portrayed as an indicator of terrorist activity.
Today’s Good Reads look into whether Islamists are taking over Libya, as Qaddafi warned, if Bush’s war on terror instigated the Arab Spring, and how the FBI is training agents to see mainstream Muslims as radicals.
“It was moving to watch a man who had played with so much heart also speak with so much heart. His praise for Mr. Djokovic, who is having one of the greatest seasons ever, was generous and accurate. But the thing of beauty — and the very ethic behind his game — was the self-recognition in Mr. Nadal’s words, the sense of his personal responsibility for what happens to him on the court.”—
My dad’s been sitting on the couch making fun of Tumblr while also trying to figure out why our TV won’t work. He’s tried everything. He couldn’t get hold of Dish online or over the phone. He just kept making fun of me as I sat behind my computer next to him. Then, lo and behold, after already googling for any news about the outage, Tumblr has it first.